Energy Company Obligation Flexible Eligibility and Home Energy Conservation Act
Local Authority Flexible Eligibility Statement Of Intent
Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Regulations 2017 - 2018 (ECO2t) local authorities can set their own criteria for eligibility for funding for domestic energy efficiency measures. This funding is aimed at those within a local authority most likely to be in fuel poverty. Energy companies can spend up to a maximum of 10% of their full obligation within these criteria. Local authorities must publish a statement of intent that defines who is eligible for funding before this can happen.
The Leeds City Region has adopted a city region wide approach to implementing the Flexible Eligibility policy initiative within the 2017/18 Energy Company Obligation regulations, through the Better Homes Yorkshire programme. The Wakefield Council Statement of Intent fits within this framework.
Wakefield Council intends to work closely with energy companies, installers and customers to maximise the input of Flexible Eligibility ECO on fuel poor households. However fitting the criteria within the Statement of Intent does not guarantee that any individual household will benefit from energy saving improvements as the final decision on funding rests with energy suppliers and will depend on:
- The survey carried out and installation costs calculated;
- The energy savings that can be achieved for a property; and
- Whether suppliers have achieved their ECO targets or require further measures to meet their ECO targets (this will affect the amount of funding available through the scheme)
Statement Of Intent
Previous declarations of intent will be available on this page.
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Home Energy Conservation Act
The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 requires English Local Authorities to produce a report that sets out the energy conservation measures that the Authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area. Since March 2013 it has been a statutory requirement that all Councils publish a report every two years (up to and including 31 March 2027) on how they plan to improve domestic energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty in their area.
Carbon dioxide emissions from housing contribute up to a third of all such emissions. Households can act to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their overall costs and improve their home environment by updating their homes with cavity wall and loft insulation and boiler replacements, when required. Retrofitting of insulation measures is essential to achieve carbon saving targets and future-proof our housing against rising fuel costs.
Improving the energy efficiency of housing plays a major role in alleviating the risk of fuel poverty, helping households to achieve affordable warmth and reduce the negative health effects from living in cold homes.
Wakefield Council's 2017 HECA Report sets out the energy efficiency initiatives, which the Council will deliver between in 2017-2019. The measures are what the Council considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvements in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation and a reduction in the risk of fuel poverty.
The 2017 HECA Report includes some previously delivered key projects and outlines Wakefield Council's plan to deliver targeted home energy improvement schemes providing insulation and heating improvements that use the Energy Company Obligation, establish a local energy tariff, deliver a new package of fuel poverty help and work with Health and Social Care Partners to raise awareness and set up referral systems.
The HECA Further Report 2017